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Dover Bay Totem Pole

Students at Dover Bay, under the direction of Bill Helin, a Tsimshian First Nation artist, jeweller and designer, created a legacy for the school to be enjoyed for years to come.

On the base of the totem is the foundational treasure box that contains wisdom and knowledge.  The human character is the human spirit that represents the teachers of the school. They are sending the dolphins (students) on the next journey into the world.

The eagle on the top is a Coast Salish style eagle, in honour of their territory, which takes the students on their flight into new experiences and challenges in the real world.

Aboriginal Worldviews and Perspectives in the Classroom

Educators from around the province speak about the importance of including Aboriginal education throughout the education system. Check it out.

Totem Pole

An overarching goal of the Department of Aboriginal Education is to take steps to shift the organizational culture at NLPS to one of Collective Ownership of Aboriginal Education. Collective ownership can be defined simply as every person in the system embracing and taking responsibility for the success of our Aboriginal students. This is a simple statement, but a very complex task. A Collective Ownership of Aboriginal Education will bring us closer to the success and equity so deserving of Aboriginal people. We need Aboriginal Education to transcend the boundaries of departments, of job descriptions, of formal roles and responsibilities. We need to question our beliefs, attitudes, assumptions, comfort levels around all things Aboriginal. Therefore shifting our thinking away from “Aboriginal Education for Aboriginal students” to “what’s good for Aboriginal students is good for all students”.

Collective Ownership is:

  • Humility
  • Approaching Aboriginal Education with an inquiry mindset
  • Creating belonging
  • Being a role model/ leader for Aboriginal Education
  • Believing the growth and healthy development of our Aboriginal communities is the responsibility of everyone.

The District Aboriginal Learning Team identified four key goals for the 2014-2015 years as follows:

  • Collective Ownership of Aboriginal Education
  • Aboriginal Understanding “Every student in NLPS will have a solid understanding of Aboriginal Understandings”
  • Reflective Practice
  • Organizational Culture